A study published in JAMA Cardiology that included 43 years of data on 32,833 people ages 5 to 98 found hypertension may start at a younger age in women, compared with men, and increase faster. Women began to show faster increases in blood pressure in their 20s, and the differences were maintained throughout life.
Vital exhaustion may increase the risk of incident atrial fibrillation, researchers reported in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. "It is already known that exhaustion can be harmful for one's mental health, but our findings suggest that it may also adversely affect one's heart health as well," said researcher Dr. Parveen Garg.
A study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, which involved 348 adults with and without diabetes, showed that 21% of those with the disease developed heart failure over 10 years, compared with 12% of patients without diabetes. Researchers also found that diabetes patients still had an increased risk for heart failure even if they had normal left ventricular filling pressure and had no diastolic dysfunction at baseline.
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A study in Circulation found 24.4% of Medicare beneficiaries who were eligible for cardiac rehabilitation after a cardiovascular event participated in a program, short of the goal of 70% set by the Million Hearts Cardiac Rehabilitation Collaborative for 2022. Participation was lower among women than men, Hispanic patients compared with non-Hispanic white patients, and non-Hispanic blacks compared with non-Hispanic white patients.
Data from more than 9,000 patients linked heart failure, atrial fibrillation, coronary heart disease and stroke to a higher risk of end-stage kidney disease, a study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found. Patients with heart failure had 11.4 times greater risk of kidney failure, compared with patients who did not have heart disease.
Three Colorado metro areas have seen significant increases in cardiovascular disease-related deaths among adults ages 45 to 64, even though Colorado is considered one of the healthiest states. The Health District of Northern Larimer County screens people for CVD risk, and registered nurse Cheri Nichols, a member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nursing Association, goes over test results with patients and encourages them to make lifestyle changes.
Apply for a Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium Scholarship to receive conference registration fees and/or two nights at the Caribe Royale in Orlando. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2020. Earn 17.0 CE credits (including 7.0 hours pharmacology) at the 2020 Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium when you attend the General Sessions and Pharmacology Preconference. We hope you'll join us in Orlando, Fla., April 2-4, 2020.